PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO… Rick Miller from Fulton, NY would drive from deep in the field after a early race spin and would win the inaugural visit by the Go Nuclear Late Model Series. Other winners Gary Lindberg from Ridgeway, Ontario going back to back in the Cosco Haulage DIRTcar Sportsman feature. James Thompson from St. Catharines, Ontario won the JC Auto Street Stocks feature to claim his first Humberstone victory. Hilary Haegens from Fenwick, Ontario claimed the win in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks while Evan Curtis from Port Colborne, Ontario picked up his second Trackside Decals Mini Stock feature. Sam Iftody from Fenwick, Ontario won the Frontier Auto Dismantlers Pure Stock feature event. A gigantic fireworks display from Red Boss Pyrotechnics lit up the sky at the end of the night.
AJ Kingsley and Paul Grigsby led the stout field of Go Nuclear Late Models to the double green flags from starter John Veach and it was Kingsley getting the jump. Ed Carley got around Paul Grigsby to take over second with Dale Caswell looking to join that battle for second. Opening night’s Peters Excavating UMP DIRTcar Pro Late Model feature winner Zack Carley worked his way through the field and got into the top ten by the races tenth circuit. Kingsley hit lap traffic by lap 10 and the caution for Shayne Tenace who came to a stop in turn four.
The restart would see Kingsley pull away pull away from Grigsby but Dale Caswell would get around Grigsby for second place. Ed Carley and Rick Miller would also pass Grigsby for positions three and four. Miller and Carley would battle for third but the caution came back out for Brian Down who hit the front stretch wall and came to a stop in turns one and two. The restart would see Kingsley and Caswell go side by but the yellow lights would come back out for David McDonald who went three wide in turn three and collected Rob Pietz. Ed Carley would join leader AJ Kingsley on the lap 17 restart and Carley would have a bad restart and finally got in line in mid-pack.
The races halfway mark would see Kingsley leading Rick Miller and Miller would carry his momentum on the topside of the speedway and go side by side with Kingsley for several laps and would clear Kingsley and took over the lead on lap 23. Kingsley would use the lap cars to his advantage as he got back underneath Miller for the lead but cold not complete the pass for the lead. The yellow lights would be bright once again on lap 27 as young gun Bryce Davis from Hornell, NY would stall in turn two. Western New York pilot Bill Holmes also had issues and came pitside as well on lap 27. The restart saw Miller pull away from Kingsley and Caswell.
Rick Miller would hold off all challenges and would pick up the checkered flag. AJ Kinglsey would finish second and was followed to the line by Caswell, Charlie Sendercock and Sean Beardsley completing the top five. “I blamed my spin completely on me” said Miller in victory lane.
Robert Baker and Brad Rouse led the field of Cosco Haulage DIRTcar Sportsman to the green flag for their 25 lap feature event and Rouse had the lead at the line on the opening light. Opening Night’s feature winner Gary Lindberg got around Baker to take over the runner up spot on lap three and began his chase of race leader Rouse. Brian Schmidt lost the handle of his racer to bring out the first caution of the event on lap five. The restart saw Lindberg take the lead away from Rouse and Greg Panunte make it a three car battle for the lead. At the races halfway mark, the yellow lights would come back on as Travis Miller spun in the apex of turns one and two.
On the restart, Cody McPherson would go to the bottom side of the speedway to try to get around Panunte but Panunte, a former divisional champion would hold off McPherson. The caution would come back out on lap 18 as Matt Sharpe would spin in turn three. The restart would see Lindberg pull away but a multi-car crash halted the field and would include Dave Flannigan, Dan Miller, Jordan Cosco, Ron MacAuley and Derrick Hodge came together in turn one. All drivers were able to get to the pits under their own power or with assistance by the CAA Tow Trucks. The restart saw Lindberg go back to the outside and pull away from Brad Rouse but Rouse was right there challenging the race leader. Rouse would try the slide job on lap 22 but the yellow lights would come back on by the slowing Jordan Cosco. The race had a two lap shootout to decide the winner with Rouse trying to get underneath but Lindberg was able to hold off Rouse to grab his second win of the season. Greg Panunte would finish third and he was followed to the line by Cody McPherson and Adam Leslie.
James Thompson and Kevin Knapp led the field of JC Auto Street Stocks to the green flag with Thompson leading the way. The yellow lights came on lap number three for Jack Myers and Doug Crawford. The early race restart saw Thompson pull away from Knapp as Knapp was being challenged by Cory Turner and Jason Fontaine. Turner would get underneath Knapp and take over second. Thompson continued to show the way at the halfway mark with Turner, Jason Fontaine and Knapp all racing for the lead. Fontaine would get under Turner to take over second on lap 12. The caution would come back out on lap 17 as Doug Crawford spun in turn four.
The late race restart saw Thompson pull away from “Fonz” but James Thompson would hold off Jason Fontaine to claim his first Humberstone victory. Cory Turner finished third and was followed by Kevin Knapp and Alex Morris.
Jamie Ayers and Rick Book led the field of Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks to the green flag in their feature event and it was Ayers jumping into the lead. Andy Imbeault would get underneath Ayers and take over the lead on lap six. Ayers’s great run would come to an end after spinning in turn four. Imbeault would lead Danny Wurster and Hilary Haegens. Wurster would get loose and spin in turn two to bring out the caution on lap 11. Haegens would look underneath Imbeault for the lead and would be dead heats at the start finish line and Haegens would pass Imbeault on the last lap and would beat Imbeault and Taylor Vanderzanden to the start finish line to pick up her first win of the season.
Evan Curtis and Tyler Lafantaisie were on the front row of the Trackside Decals Mini Stocks feature event and it was Curtis leading the opening lap with Lafantaisie and Kyle Rothwell going three wide for the lead on races second circuit. New father Brandon Iudiciani got around Lafantaisie for second on lap five and Kyle Pelrine passed Lafantaisie a lap later for third place. Pelrine would pass Iudiciani on lap eight to take over second. The two would get together just one lap later and did a simple roll on the front stretch. Pelrine was alright and was able to drive the car back to the pits. The five lap dash became a four lap dash after Katie Cosco spun in turn two. The restart saw Curtis leading Rob Goulding and Kyle Rothwell and Goulding went underneath Curtis for the lead in turns three and four but Curtis had the momentum and kept the lead when the white flag came out. Evan Curtis would hold off Goulding for the win. Rothwell, Lafantaisie and Garnet Wilson completed the top five.
Bill Smith and Mason Smith led the field of Frontier Auto Dismantlers Pure Stocks to the green flag with Bill Smith leading the opening circuit. Sam Iftody took over the lead on lap three and pulled away from Smith and Brad Alward. Alward would pass the spinning Bill Smith to take over second on lap six and would begin chasing down Iftody. Opening night feature winner Kyle Tomaski would get around Brad Booker for fourth at the races halfway mark. Iftody was on a Sunday night cruise on Victoria Day weekend and would go on to score the victory. Alward would finish second and was followed to the line by Kyle Tomaski, Mason Smith and Brad Booker.
PIT NOTES: If a driver fails to qualify for a feature event, the driver will receive a free pit entry for the following weeks racing events. 28 Late Models, 26 Sportsman, 14 Street Stocks, 15 Mini Stocks, 13 Pure Stocks and 13 Pro 4 Trucks signed in pitside for a total of 109 racecars. Races ended at promptly 10:10pm.
Racing returns next Sunday when Tidyman Maintenance and Port Colborne Laundry Presents the DIRTcar Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks, Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks. Also on the card will be the TUSA Mr. Dirt Modified Lite Tour plus an Eve of Destruction Flag Pole Race. Racing will start promptly at 6:00pm with both the Pits and Grandstand gates opening at 4:00pm.
The New Humberstone Speedway would like to thank all the new and returning Weekly Series Sponsors: Cosco Haulage (DIRTcar Sportsman), Peters Excavating (UMP/DIRTcar Pro Late Models), J.C. Auto (Street Stocks), Mike Knapp Ford (Pro 4 Trucks), Trackside Decals (Mini Stocks) and Frontier Auto Dismantlers (Pure Stocks).
The New Humberstone Speedway is located just two miles East of Port Colborne on Highway 3, just 17 miles west of the US/Canadian Border at the Peace Bridge (Buffalo/Fort Erie). For more information, please visit us on the World Wide Web at www.humberstonespeedway.com as well as follow us on Twitter @NewHumberstone and like us on Facebook. Don’t forget to bring your portable FM radios and listen to all the action on 90.3FM. You can also call the speedway at (905) 834-4002 or the speedway office at Cosco Haulage (905) 935-2886
OFFICIAL RESULTS: 5-19-13
Go Nuclear Late Model Tour: RICK MILLER, A.J. Kingsley, Dale Caswell, Charlie Sendercock, Sean Beardsley, Paul Grigsby, David McDonald, Ed Carley, Kyle Sopaz, Zack Carley, Adam Turner, Jason Knowles, Caley Weese, Kenny Winfield, Matt Harvey, Rob Ledingham, Garrett Stephens, Bill Holmes, Bryce Davis, Jorden Peters, Rob Pietz, Tim Gillespie, Brian Down, and Shayne Tenace DNQ: Luke Carleton, Dean Ferri and Bill Gill
Heat Winners: Paul Grigsby, Ed Carley, A.J. Kingsley, Sean Beardsley
Consolation Winner: Kyle Sopaz
Cosco Haulage DIRTcar Sportsman: GARY LINDBERG, Brad Rouse, Greg Panunte, Cody McPherson, Adam Leslie, Darrell Faraway, Robert Baker, Adam Hilton, Austin Wood, BJ Willard, Jeff Armstrong, Dan Miller, Chris Bellamy, Gord McIntosh, Matt Sharpe, Ron MacAuley, Brian Schmidt, Jordan Cosco, Ray Hockridge, Pat Sonnenberg, Dave Flannigan Jr, Derrick Hodge and Travis Miller DNQ: Ed Brand, Jesse Penner
Heat Winners: Brad Rouse, Travis Miller, Adam Hilton
Consolation Winner: Joey Mastrioanni
J.C. Auto Street Stocks: JAMES THOMPSON, Jason Fontaine, Cory Turner, Kevin Knapp, Alex Morris, Ryan Turner, Mike Greene, Rob Disher, Doug Crawford, car #6R, John Babion, Robbie General, Jack Myers and Jim Lampman
Heat Winners: Jason Fontaine, Jack Myers
Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks: HILARY HAEGENS, Andy Imbeault, Taylor Vanderzanden, Greg Haegens, Mike Toovey, Colton Ledingham, Craig Vlasic, Danny Wurster, Adam Williams, Sam Penniacchia, Jamie Ayers, Adam Nichols, Rick Book
Heat Winners: Andy Imbeault, Colton Ledingham
Trackside Decals Mini Stocks: EVAN CURTIS, Rob Goulding, Kyle Rothwell, Tyler Lafantaisie, Garnet Wilson, Leroy Buscumb, Jason Coutu, Nate Monahan, Kyle Pelrine, Greg Wilson, Katie Cosco, Kurtis Wiley, Dale Gyokery, Brandon Iudicani, and Dave Small
Heat Winners: Kyle Rothwell, Brandon Iudiciani
Frontier Auto Dismantler Pure Stocks: SAM IFTODY, Brad Alward, Kyle Tomaski, Mason Smith, Brad Booker, Bill Smith, Geoff Gingras, Marcel Beauregard, Olivier Larocque, Roy Crawford, Chris Anderson, Car #8U, and Billy Buscumb (DNS)
Heat Winners: Kyle Tomaski, Sam Iftody